Science Podcasts

Special episode

Thu, 25th Aug 2016

Meet the Octobot - the soft robot octopus

Octobot (c) Ryan Truby, Michael Wehner, and Lori Sanders, Harvard University

Imagine a robot. I’m guessing, after decades of droids and terminators, that the machine you’re picturing is something metal, rigid and human-shaped. But this type of robot can only do so much. What we need are soft-skinned robots and this is precisely what  a team of Harvard University researchers have built:  an autonomous, 3D printed octopus-shaped soft robot nicknamed “octobot.” Lucka Bibic spoke with Michael Wehner about their latest invention…

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